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  • Photo by Julie Lemberger<br/>Janis Brenner
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF GALLERY 13<br/>"Dragonfly", mixed media by Guru Karam Khalsa
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF THE AUGUSTA SAVAGE GALLERY<br/>Prints by Juan R. Fuentes are on view at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass.

East Street Dance

“Lost, Found, Lost,” a performance by Janis Brenner & Dancers will be presented Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. at East Street Dance Center, 47 East St., Hadley.

The company has toured throughout the United States, Asia and Europe since 1989, and has collaborated with the United Nations and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York City. It has held guest residencies throughout the world and has served as cultural ambassador on tours to Indonesia, Russia and Taiwan.

The evening will feature the 7-member company in seven pieces, including the acclaimed 2011 “The Mind-Stuff Variations.” Brenner, an award-winning dancer, choreographer, singer and teacher, has been described by The New York Times as “a “witty, winsome performer” and “a one-woman argument for the seasoned gifts of mature performers.”

The company will be joined by dancers from UMass.

Members of the dance company will hold a master class earlier in the day, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class is open to the public.

Tickets for the performance cost $15. Tickets for the master class cost $12. For information, call 584-5535 or visit www.eaststreetballet.com.

Take a look

“A Closer Look,” an exhibit of new paintings by Guru Karam Khalsa, will open with a reception Oct. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 27 at Gallery A3, 28 Amity St., Amherst.

Khalsa explores the theme of birds and nature but is also experimenting with approaches to painting. Each painting has a unique feeling. They are based on observation but are not always realistic.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m. For information, call 256-4250.

Social commentary

“Visions of Paper,” an exhibit of work by printmaker Juan R. Fuentes, will open with a reception Oct. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 25 at the Augusta Savage Gallery at UMass Amherst.

Fuentes was born in Artesia, Mexico, one of 11 children. He was influenced by the Social Realist tradition of Latin American printmaking and credits the turbulent times of the 1970s for setting the tone of his socially charged work.

“The Chicano, African American, Middle East, Asian and Native American struggles for equality, peace and justice helped shape a consistent theme and source for my art,” he writes in an artist’s statement.

The exhibit is free to the public. For information, call 545-5177.

Grant proposals

The Amherst Cultural Council is seeking funding proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science programs. Organizations, schools and individuals are invited to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artistic residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. The application deadline is Oct. 15.

For application guidelines, call Ellen Kosmer at 253-7690 or send an email to kosmer@aya.yale.edu, or call Honore David at 253-5896 or send an email to honores@comcast.net. Application forms are available online at www.mass-culture.org/Amherst or at the Jones Library in Amherst.

Music at UMass

UMass faculty members John Bottomley, tuba, and Nikki Stoia, piano, will perform Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall.

∎ “Jazz Ensemble I & Chapel Jazz Ensemble” will be presented Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus.

The concert is directed by Jeffery W. Holmes, Felipe Salles and Tom Giampietro and will feature guest artist Dave Liebman, a multiple Grammy nominee, on the saxophone.

Tickets for both concerts cost $10; $5 for students, seniors and children under 18; $3 for UMass students. To reserve, visit www.umasstix.com/musicanddance or call the UMass Fine Arts Center box office at 545-2511.

∎ A Trombone Choir concert will be presented Oct. 3 at 8:15 p.m. in the Bezanson Recital Hall at UMass.

On the program: music for large and small ensembles.

Free. For information, call 545-0018.

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